Move aside millennial influencers...
The Queen is undoubtedly the coolest monarch around – from hiding behind bushes to avoid awkward conversations with dictators and appearing in a James Bond sketch to telling off the Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi for being too noisy.
This week Queen Elizabeth only cemented her reputation as cool AF as she got into Instagram.
Yes. This is not a drill.
The Fab Four are regular ‘grammers, as is Princess Eugenie, regular posting candid snaps and behind-the-scenes photos of royal engagements.
But while the Royal Family Instagram account often features the Queen, she has never actually posted on the social media platform until this week.
The personal message from the monarch captioned a photograph of a letter from her great-great-grandfather that she found in the Royal Archives of the Science Museum while on a royal engagement.
‘Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,’ she wrote.
‘Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine” upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.’
She continued: ‘Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors.’
Signing off the post, the Queen typed her name, ‘Elizabeth R.’
Step aside millennials, there’s a new influencer in town.
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